Step up the fight to save Coast Guard base, urges Eby

December 6, 2012 | News Releases

NDP Candidate Calls on Clark to Make the Kitsilano Station a Priority

VANCOUVER–Point Grey NDP candidate David Eby is urging B.C.’s political leaders to step up the fight against the closure of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station.

“The clear message from the chiefs of Vancouver’s police and fire departments is that the closure of the station puts lives at risk,” Eby said. “After ignoring repeated calls for united action across partisan lines, it’s time for Premier Christy Clark – who is the MLA for this constituency – to make saving the station a top priority.”

The federal government plans to close the lighthouse station in May, 2013. In letters dated Nov. 30, the chiefs of Vancouver’s police and fire department urged the government to reconsider the closure because of the safety risks.

“Now the Coast Guard has revealed the closure won’t even save as much money as the Conservatives promised,” said Eby. “There is absolutely no justification for closing this station and risking lives. I hope all of B.C.’s MLAs, MPs and civic leaders – from all political stripes -- will set aside partisan differences and work together in the public interest.

“I am urging Premier Clark to play a leadership role in delivering a powerful, united message from B.C.”

Eby will be formally acclaimed as the NDP candidate for Vancouver-Point Grey at a nominating meeting tonight. B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix, who has been calling for a united effort to save the Coast Guard base since the closure was announced, will speak at the meeting.

“David is a powerful advocate for the community,” said Dix. “He is practical, hard-working, and he’ll get results for the people of Vancouver-Point Grey.”

Eby came within 564 votes of winning the seat over Clark in a 2011 by-election.

The nomination meeting will take place tonight, 7:30 p.m., at the St. James Community Hall, 3214 West 10 Ave.